AS Roma coach Jose Mourinho will be suspended for 2 games after being red carded

Roma coach Jose Mourinho has been handed a two-game ban as punishment for his outburst in the recent setback in the 2-2 draw with Verona in the Italian league.

Jose Mourinho handed a 2-game ban on the touchline for kicking the ball into the stands (Reuters Photo)

Jose Mourinho handed a 2-game ban on the touchline for kicking the ball into the stands (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Jose Mourinho has been suspended for two games on the touchline
  • Mourinho was sent off in AS Roma’s 2-2 draw with Hellas Verona
  • Bottom-placed Roma are without a win in their last three league games

AS Roma manager Jose Mourinho has been suspended from the touchline for two games after being sent off in his side’s 2-2 draw with Verona on Saturday. Mourinho, who was red-carded, invaded the field in Saturday’s game to argue with the referee and then kicked the ball into the crowd.

The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) said Mourinho made “serious allegations” against the referee and “entered the pitch with a menacing attitude, openly challenging the referee’s decision”. The Portugal coach, who left the stadium after his team’s draw without stopping for the post-match media, was also fined 20,000 euros ($23,000).

Mourinho made a phone gesture towards Pairetto which Italian media said referred to his father Pierluigi, who was implicated in Italy’s 2006 match-fixing scandal. Eighth-placed Roma are without a win in their last three league games – all draws including one against relegation-threatened Genoa.

The ban means Mourinho will not be on the touchline for Roma’s games in Spezia on Sunday and at home against Atalanta on March 5. The tie leaves Mourinho’s side in eighth place in Serie A, six points adrift of Champions League qualifying places.

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